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Ken's Guide to the Bible Paperback – September 18, 1995
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The Bible is a thick, imposing, often unreadable, damnedly religious book. Most people don't have the time or the patience even to attempt reading it. But everyone knows they're supposed to know what's in the world's most widely quoted book. To whom can you turn? Ken Smith, co-author of the best-selling Roadside America books, goes where traditional Bible authorities fear to tread. Ken's Guide to the Bible takes you directly to the Good Book's naughty parts and wastes no time on the stuff you already know. With hammerhead precision and pig-iron wit, this compact volume lays bare all the sex, gore, and lunacy that the Bible has to offer. Read Ken's Guide to the Bible and you'll know more about the Good Book than most televangelists, Christian rockers, and conservative school-board members put together!
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Smith also offers a helpful list of "most embarrassing questions" about the bible that one might use in discussing the veracity of the book with a true believer.
If you are an atheist, agnostic, a deist who disavows organized religion, or just questioning your faith, this is a must read.
"Ken's Guide to the Bible" is kind of set up like a "Dummies" book, with various easy-reference icons used to highlight Biblical categories such as Weirdness, Bunk, Divine Wrath, and Gender Bashing. Mr. Smith goes through the Bible from start to finish and deals with most of the mayhem, madness, mix-ups, and malice that Christians tend to ignore, gloss over, rationalize, or defend with leaps of logic or soothing pastoral sound-bites. If you were once a Christian, as I was, you'll arrive at the end of this book wondering how you became a believer in the first place.
After reading a couple chapters, you might ask yourself why Christians still hold the Bible in such high regard, or at least don't voice more concern about its contents. That's a valid question. One reason is because many Christians don't read their Bibles. Others read only certain parts, often focusing on the more palatable New Testament and a couple of Old Testament books. Devotional Bible reading is often accompanied by "helpful" commentary, and again usually centers around the more digestible passages. Finally, faith tends to require that the reader find ways to explain or rationalize the nasty parts, which is a whole different ballgame.
If you want a good overview of Biblical wackiness but don't want to slog through the whole canon on your own, "Ken's Guide to the Bible" is just what you're looking for. I wouldn't rely upon it as the only resource for Biblical criticism or debate ammunition, but Mr. Smith has created an excellent starting point.
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A hoot ! Yep, its a riot! Funniest book on the Bible, and totally serious too!
It might even get you to read the damned book!